Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Medicare spending per patient varies enormously by location

Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News reported on Nov. 24 that Medicare costs vary enormously from one city to another, even in the same state or region. In Miami, Medicare spends about $16000 a year per beneficiary, in nearby Fort Lauderdale (in Broward instead of Dade County), about $9000, and in some parts of Oregon, about $6000. Much of the problem has a lot to do with how hospitals and emergency services are overused, with little consideration about costs.

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